The intention of this post is to discuss Montreal Steak Spice. Of course in order to use steak spice, one must have a steak. You can buy steak virtually anywhere, but you really shouldn’t. Being an ethical consumer means the only place you should be buying your beef is from local farms, or from a trusted butcher who sources meat locally and only from farms and cooperatives committed to the strictest ethical practices and standards.
How can a farm which harvests beef be ethical? First of all not everyone will be convinced there is no such thing as an acceptable way to kill animals for food, and that opinion is well respected. Yet what if someone is a meat-eater? How does one both both consume meat and enjoy guiltless sleep? First things first, be prepared to pay a little more for your Sunday BBQ. Second, buy only free-range, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, grass-fed beef. These popular catch phrases however should not satisfy all your ethical concerns. You really need to get to know the farm on which your beef pastures. So go ahead, give them a call or even pay them a visit. Any farm which is proud of its products will happily field all your questions and concerns, post pictures on their website, and possibly offer tours of their facilities. These types of farms and farmers take pride in the absolute quality of their harvest and will jump at the chance to demonstrate why their beef is worth their time and effort and of course your money. Apart from being more ethical, you really are receiving a healthier beef. Grass-fed beef is higher in Omega-3 to Omega-6 fat ratio than the industrial grain-fed cattle. It is also much higher in B-vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), vitamin K, and trace minerals like magnesium, calcium, and selenium.
Back to Montreal Steak Spice. According to the world famous Montreal Schwartz’s Deli website, Montreal Steak Spice finds its roots in Eastern Europe. Brought to Montreal by Jewish
immigrants in the late 18 early 1900’s, the blend was used to preserve and season meats. After receiving a generous coating of the rub, the meats were cured and smoked. According to Schwartz’s, around the 1940’s, employees started seasoning steaks with the delicious spice blend. Customers caught wind and started requesting the same. Before long every deli and steakhouse in the city was blending their own rendition of the Montreal Steak Spice.
This blend is a mix of the following spices.
- Crushed black pepper
- Kosher salt
- Granulated garlic
- Granulated onion
- Crushed coriander
- Dill Seed
- Crushed red pepper flakes
Why take the time to mix this blend yourself? Store bought brands contain cheap and unhealthy oils, not to mention traces of gluten.
Lastly, I’ve included a short DYI video.